Originally Posted by jungmark So you have the direct quote from the Apple rep?
Then again, why would a politician lie about Apple? /s
*grin* Okay, that's true. We don't have a tape of the direct quote, only what the DA said the Apple rep said.
Of course, if the Apple rep never said it, this entire thread is moot.
Originally Posted by jragosta Read Jobs' biography. The iPad was in the works for at least 5 years - probably more. And I don't doubt that they have products in the lab that will not see the light of day for 5 more years.
Well, depends on what we consider "in the works". Sure, screwing around with MacOS tablet prototypes had been going on for years. Capacitive screens and finger UIs and even some case ideas apparently came along in 2005. So did some testing with a clickwheel phone UI. But that was all just general R&D, not work on a shipping product.
The actual production iPhone/iOS project was reportedly done pretty quickly. Various histories and interviews agree that the shipping iPhone project (Purple 2) didn't ramp up with lots of hardware workers until late 2005, and porting OSX into iOS started at the beginning of 2006.
So it was just a little over a year from the serious product development decision, to first public demo of iOS on the iPhone. (Plus another six months after debut for tweaking before sale.) Remarkable, really.
E.g. Wired - History of the iPhone
Edited by KDarling - 4/2/13 at 9:16am